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May 30, 2014

Who could it be now

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

On the City Council’s for Tuesday there was this hint of something big on the Closed Session calendar:

PROPERTY: Bachelor Enlisted Quarters and Portion of Seaplane Lagoon Taxiway, Alameda Point
CITY NEGOTIATOR: John Russo, City Manager
ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTED: Alameda Commercial United, LLC and Salvatore Caruso Design Corporation
ISSUE UNDER NEGOTIATION: Real Property Negotiations Price and Terms of Payment

See that, some one is actually interested in the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (located around here) but also there’s a portion of the seaplane lagoon taxiway — a bit far from where the BEQs are located — on the negotiation table.

Now “Alameda Commercial United, LLC” is kind of a generic name.   You know one of those generic LLC names created specifically for development jobs.   So a traditional Google search was going to turn up empty for anything about this particular company.

So I had to visit the Secretary of State website to run an LLC search which turned up a bit more information, but not a whole lot.


Note that the LLC creation date was relatively new so of course there must be some parent company behind this.   So I did a search for the entity address which turned out to be someone’s house.  And the agent’s address was simply some storefront in a strip mall.   After some more random searching I came across this!

There are 6 companies that have an address matching 18801 Bellgrove Cir Saratoga, CA 95070.

The companies are Bilingual Montessori Preschool In Redwood City LLC, Empire Commercial Development LLC, La Selva Education Group LLC, Empire California Investment LLC, Alliance One Investment Group LLC, and Alameda United Commercial Development LLC.

That’s one hell of a list. When I started clicking around the corporation wiki site, it appeared that the majority of the projects that the two principals were/are involved in are around bilingual preschools.


But then more clicking around turned up a connection to this AAA California Regional Center LLC in San Leandro which:

AAA California Regional Center, LLC. (America Asia Alliance), a USCIS designated regional center, specializes in connecting Asian investors with American development opportunities in targeted employment areas in order to stimulate job creation, economic growth, and give investors a low risk road to permanent legal residency in the United States.

The AAA team brings a wealth of understanding earned from placing more than 200 investors with 20 different EB5 projects across the United States while maintaining a perfect, 100% success rate for investors receiving their Green Cards as well as the return of their initial investment capital.

So essentially there is very little public information out there about “Alameda Commercial United, LLC.”   Unlike the Charles Company which we all could Google and read stories about and see their samples of their work, there are only very tenuous connections to a lot of early education type enterprises and the one reference to that Asian investment deal.

Since the City Staff was so insistent about saving around 200 units out of the 1400+ allocation for this parcel, my money is on some sort of boarding school with dorms.

Let the rampant speculation begin!



  1. Lauren, I was thinking the same thing; some sort of boarding school. One nice thing is that they selected a good architect. He does a lot of historic preservation.

    Comment by Karen Bey — May 30, 2014 @ 6:31 am

  2. Lauren, you are very good at the internet. Nice sleuthing.

    Comment by BMac — May 30, 2014 @ 11:23 am

  3. “Shadowy Group Meets in Shadows with Shady City Council”–not exactly news around here. #thisishowwedoit

    (Sorry if you object to my use of the word “shady.” Nothing personal. I just couldn’t resist the alliteration.)

    Comment by Denise Shelton — May 30, 2014 @ 11:56 am

  4. “Government of the developers, by the developers, and for the developers shall not perish until they get their profits safely out of town….” –The Get-this-berg Address

    Comment by Jack Mingo — May 30, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

  5. The paper trail seems to lead to a laundry business, a money laundry business.

    Comment by Basel — May 30, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

  6. ZOMG!! someone is putting together a proposal that might involve preserving the BEQ, something those of us who fear developers have been clamoring for for ages. We had better sound the alarm that this is shady and wrong, just wrong!

    ps – I don’t think dorm rooms would count against the housing cap

    Comment by notadave — May 30, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

  7. good journalism there Lauren. Could be facebook, or google, perhaps an America’s Cup team … just speculating …

    Comment by Ron Salsig — May 30, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

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